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  1. brmiller1976's Avatar
    I think carriers have a big reason to get on the WP bandwagon, called "the iPhone 5." That phone will cost them more -- and be harder to sell outside of true Apple believers -- than ever before.
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    09-12-2012 05:26 PM
  2. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    I think carriers have a big reason to get on the WP bandwagon, called "the iPhone 5." That phone will cost them more -- and be harder to sell outside of true Apple believers -- than ever before.
    They're definitely tired of subsidizing those costly iPhones.
    09-12-2012 05:32 PM
  3. independentvolume's Avatar
    Yep, that's why sprint isn't on board. They were the only carrier to prepay apple a kings ransom.
    09-12-2012 09:49 PM
  4. brmiller1976's Avatar
    Yep, that's why sprint isn't on board. They were the only carrier to prepay apple a kings ransom.
    Yep. And those income statements ever since are ugly, ugly, ugly!
    09-12-2012 10:55 PM
  5. f1camaro's Avatar
    Well i don't know what the politics are when it comes to which carriers carry which phones.But as a unbias phone user i believe had nokia's lumia 900 & 800 been available at all carriers in both the US and canada they would have sold a ton of phones.I think anyone who is not a fanboy would have to admit the design is very different and fresh.And i really don't think its nokia who has to sell their phones its windows as a OS that they need to sell.If nokia's lumia's would have had the latest version of android they would never have been able to make them fast enough,of course thats just an opinon.Now i love IOS but i find the iphoine design is played out,what was once futuristic and cool is now just dull and the iphone 5 didn't change that.Android is also great and has tons of different phones to choose from but i have always had bad luck with android,restarts and crashing apps.I tried out windows phone just for a change and found it was stable and easy to use like IOS but with a fresh style and i don't plan on going back to anything else.Now for me the samsung note with windows would be perfect.But i am due for a upgrade and if nokia brings their 920 to Bell in canada then they will have my money and i really believe the key to their success is to get on as many carriers as they possibly can because they have got a really nice product but people have to see it on display at their carrier of choice.Again this is just a opinion and everyones got one.:)
    09-13-2012 07:29 PM
  6. btgusto's Avatar
    After being loyal to sprint for over 12 years I am not waiting for any particular carrier to announce what phone they will carry. I know I am getting an unlocked 920 and taking it to TMobile for unlimited plan. F the carriers mostly SPRINT sorry a$$.
    09-13-2012 08:56 PM
  7. brmiller1976's Avatar
    I'd be careful. Unless the 920 works on T-Mobile's bands, you might be stuck with EDGE, which would be incredibly frustrating.
    09-14-2012 01:21 AM
  8. Villain's Avatar
    2 devices that don't run exclusive to any provider.... Iphone and samsung galaxy SIII. Now guess what 2 companiesare agressive and swimming in success?


    honestly (and I hope the rumors are not true) I don't see Nokia regaining any top spot if they continue with signing exclusives. willing to bet the lumia 920 will be exclusive to AT&T in America and Rogers in Canada just like the lumia 900.
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    09-15-2012 07:29 PM
  9. johnmcd348's Avatar
    I'm in the group as the OP stated that is not going to change providers simply to get a particular phone. I'm a Sprint customer and have been with them since Nextel 15 or so years back. I was just in a store today looking for tech support after spending nearly 3 hours on the phone with Sprint Technicians trying to figure out why I'm missing calls and getting no real signal reading on my phone, many times roaming locally. Unfortunately the in store tech didn't show up for work today so I'll have to go back and give it a try Monday. If they are not able to get anything resolved, I'm going to be moving on from Windows. It's not that I want to but I don't see as I have e a choice and Sprint doesn't have anything in the pipe line for Windows. I seriously doubt I'm going to go with the iP5 coming out so I'm most likely going to have to go Android.

    It comes down to finances for me overall. I rely on my phone and Sprint provides to better service and the better rates than any other provider in my area. I have to have my phone work for me no matter what. I work in a hospital as a surgical/recovery room nurse on a trauma team. I HAVE to get the call when it is sent out and not a voice mail some time after the fact.

    I've been a Windows user for nearly 15 years since WinCE. I would like to stay with it as I see the benefits of it.
    09-15-2012 09:24 PM
  10. scottcraft's Avatar
    I think Nokia would benefit from releasing the 920 on all carriers like Samsung did with the Galaxy S3. I'm still hoping it comes to Verizon though.
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    09-15-2012 11:04 PM
  11. twincamfxd's Avatar
    From what I have read so far Verizon should be getting both new devices. I just hope they don't screw it up like they did the gnex.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
    09-15-2012 11:30 PM
  12. Mr. MacPhisto's Avatar
    From what I have read so far Verizon should be getting both new devices. I just hope they don't screw it up like they did the gnex.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
    I've heard their WP8 device rollout is being compared internally to their Droid push.

    The reality right now is that Lumia is the name people would associate most with Windows Phone, so it would be wise for VZW to promote the Lumia line. We'll see plenty of options, I think, with Verizon.

    It would also be wise for the manufacturers and MS tow work with VZW on their VOIP deployment over LTE. That's Verizon's next big push and if you go on the cutting edge with them, they will push WP8 like you wouldn't believe.

    It seems to me that AT&T has bought in. From what I hear, VZW has too. Between the two, that's over 211 million customers. Between the current commits, Windows Phone 8 has strong support from carriers that represent over 250 million customers. Right now we've only really seen AT&T and T-Mobile make any kind of strong WP push. With Verizon on board the access increases.

    Also heard that MetroPCS is interested. I'd guess that this is where we'll see the Huawei device(s). Maybe the lower end Nokia and HTC products that are rumored?

    I do believe Sprint will come onboard next year, but they'll be late to the party.
    09-16-2012 09:57 AM
  13. brmiller1976's Avatar
    I am a T-Mobile dude and know that we'll get at least one top-end and possibly two to choose from. If Nokia doesn't want to compete on T-Mo, that's their own choice, but i have no doubt that HTC and/or Samsung will happily take my money.

    Chirp about specs and cameras all you want, there's no denying that unlimited HSPA+42 with unlimited talk and text for $60/month blows away anything Nokia can bring to the table for 2.5x as much on another (capped) carrier.

    I also bet the ATIV S will be available on multiple carriers, just like the S III is.
    09-16-2012 09:30 PM
  14. lordofthereef's Avatar
    About as any other WP8 vendor as far as I can see. As usual, Nokia will probably have to heavily subsidize their products to make them appealing to vendors-especially considering they are on a new relatively unknown platform.

    Up here (Canada) I have seen four different WP7.5 devices on three different carriers. Nokia 900, 800, 710 and 610. The problem isn't Nokia, Samsung or HTC - it's the lack of popularity with the o/s. If WP8 gains steam, I suspect more devices will be made available.
    I think you are spot on here. I also thing integration with Windows 8 will be key. If MS nails it it will be a direct competitor with Apple's iOS/OSX and something that Android can't even really compete with. The key is, they have to nail it.
    09-17-2012 05:05 PM
  15. Rob41664's Avatar
    As others have said it is the carriers that choose what models to carry. The carriers have too much power in the US so that is why we see exclusives. The SIII is too popular for any carrier not to carry. Once WP8 gains steam the carriers will want more devices. I bet if the 920 is an ATT exclusive it will be for a limited time only and a VZW version will be coming soon. At the beginning the iPhone exclusive on ATT didn't hamper it at all. WP8 has to gain the mindshare to get there and hopefully with VZW backing now we will get there sooner rather than later.
    09-19-2012 11:05 AM
  16. Mitlov's Avatar
    HTC 8X: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, but not US Cellular.
    Lumia 920: AT&T exclusive.
    Ativ S: Deafening silence on availability.

    Here's a threat. If nobody brings a flagship device to [edit]US Cellular[/edit], I may switch to the Galaxy S3. I don't want to, but I do want nice hardware. US Cellular came out with a very enthusiastic press release about WP8 about how excited they were for the OS and how they were going to market it and promote the **** out of it...and so far, the WP8 OEMs have utterly ignored them. Samsung gave them the Galaxy S3.

    If the WP8 OEMs don't branch out beyond the Big Three (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile) with WP8 devices...I'm sure I won't be the only one looking elsewhere.
    Last edited by Mitlov; 09-20-2012 at 12:23 PM. Reason: Mistyped my own carrier...I'm dumb.
    09-19-2012 09:07 PM
  17. DaveGx's Avatar
    Don't count on carriers not being fussed about it.

    Android costs them a lot of extra money annually due to support issues. Google updates the OS, but the carriers have to work on deployment. They also have to do tech support issues, most of them stemming from interface differences between the manufacturers. There's now also concern about the platform due to the Samsung lawsuit.

    iPhone is also expensive due to Apple's demands on the carriers.

    Then back to the Samsung suit - the carriers may not pay mind to WP8, but manufacturers will in increasing numbers. MS can offer them protection from Apple's lawsuits.

    But ultimately, the WP8 model is probably the one that helps the carriers the most. They have a big partner that requires the consistent ecosystem of the OS be maintained. MS will deploy OS updates directly while giving carriers the ability to create custom apps and hubs for the their customers.

    The reality of Windows Phone is that it will cost carriers less in support, will cause less technical issues, and will not have the same kind of high demands as Apple. This is why Verizon is going all in. The corporate sales guy I know has said to me that VZW's goal is to have over 50% of all their smartphone sales be WP8 devices by the end of next year. They will be particularly pushing to move iPhone users with special offers. The money saved by having more WP8 subscribers will help their bottom line and also allow them to spend even more on enhancing their network.

    This is the pitch MS made to VZW earlier this year for an enhanced presence and they loved what they saw.

    And for carriers like Samsung, it will cost less to license WP8 for a device than the patent fees they pay MS right now on their Android devices.

    I fully expect an onslaught of ads at the end of the year and exclusive offers for those who switch to Windows Phone as enticements. VZW wants to populate their stores with WP8 devices and lower the amount of Android devices they carry.
    If Verizon was really gung ho on WP8, I think they would have the 920. If it's really an Exclusive to ATT (and do we know this for sure), then I do not get the logic with Nokia. Why would you do this when Verizon is a bigger and seen as better carrier. If ATT said its Exclusive or nothing, then why not just say fine and go to Verizon.

    I would think it would make more sense to get the 920, seen as the best device so far, onto as many carriers as possible. This not only helps Nokia, but it would be a huge life for the OS.

    I am not all that keen on the HTC devices, I have Verizon, so unfortunately, I will not be getting a WP8 phone any time soon. HTC will release the 8X, which really isnt all that great, and then release a better phone a month or so later.

    While I understand that no matter when you get a phone, right around the corner one with better specs comes out. But Im not going to rush out and by a phone just to have the new OS. I want a phone I will truly be pleased with this time around. I settled for a Trophy last time, and Im not going to settle for something like that again. I will hold out hope that a truly great phone will hit Verizon eventually.
    09-20-2012 06:38 AM
  18. Reflexx's Avatar
    If Verizon was really gung ho on WP8, I think they would have the 920. If it's really an Exclusive to ATT (and do we know this for sure), then I do not get the logic with Nokia. Why would you do this when Verizon is a bigger and seen as better carrier. If ATT said its Exclusive or nothing, then why not just say fine and go to Verizon.



    I would think it would make more sense to get the 920, seen as the best device so far, onto as many carriers as possible. This not only helps Nokia, but it would be a huge life for the OS.



    I am not all that keen on the HTC devices, I have Verizon, so unfortunately, I will not be getting a WP8 phone any time soon. HTC will release the 8X, which really isnt all that great, and then release a better phone a month or so later.



    While I understand that no matter when you get a phone, right around the corner one with better specs comes out. But Im not going to rush out and by a phone just to have the new OS. I want a phone I will truly be pleased with this time around. I settled for a Trophy last time, and Im not going to settle for something like that again. I will hold out hope that a truly great phone will hit Verizon eventually.
    It's likely tied to a level of promotion that the carrier is willing to do for the phone. If AT&T is willing to market the 920 as THE phone for a few months, that is better than it just sitting amongst the crowd on the shelf at two carriers.
    09-20-2012 09:15 AM
  19. DaveGx's Avatar
    Don't count on carriers not being fussed about it.

    Android costs them a lot of extra money annually due to support issues. Google updates the OS, but the carriers have to work on deployment. They also have to do tech support issues, most of them stemming from interface differences between the manufacturers. There's now also concern about the platform due to the Samsung lawsuit.

    iPhone is also expensive due to Apple's demands on the carriers.

    Then back to the Samsung suit - the carriers may not pay mind to WP8, but manufacturers will in increasing numbers. MS can offer them protection from Apple's lawsuits.

    But ultimately, the WP8 model is probably the one that helps the carriers the most. They have a big partner that requires the consistent ecosystem of the OS be maintained. MS will deploy OS updates directly while giving carriers the ability to create custom apps and hubs for the their customers.

    The reality of Windows Phone is that it will cost carriers less in support, will cause less technical issues, and will not have the same kind of high demands as Apple. This is why Verizon is going all in. The corporate sales guy I know has said to me that VZW's goal is to have over 50% of all their smartphone sales be WP8 devices by the end of next year. They will be particularly pushing to move iPhone users with special offers. The money saved by having more WP8 subscribers will help their bottom line and also allow them to spend even more on enhancing their network.

    This is the pitch MS made to VZW earlier this year for an enhanced presence and they loved what they saw.

    And for carriers like Samsung, it will cost less to license WP8 for a device than the patent fees they pay MS right now on their Android devices.

    I fully expect an onslaught of ads at the end of the year and exclusive offers for those who switch to Windows Phone as enticements. VZW wants to populate their stores with WP8 devices and lower the amount of Android devices they carry.
    It's likely tied to a level of promotion that the carrier is willing to do for the phone. If AT&T is willing to market the 920 as THE phone for a few months, that is better than it just sitting amongst the crowd on the shelf at two carriers.
    Do you really believe that the 920 would have a problem selling? It has already been hyped up and I dont think there is chance it would not be sold out.

    The move not to get it onto more carriers, is a foolish one, for all parties really.

    MS really needs the best phone to be on all carriers, especially Verizon, as its seen as the best carrier in the states. They need WP8 to succeed, and that would give it its best chance.
    Verizon should realize that the 920 is really THE phone for WP8. They very well could lose business to people willing to switch to ATT for it.
    09-20-2012 10:06 AM
  20. squire777's Avatar
    I wonder if MS pushed HTC to make their flagship phone available on the three networks to get more market presence. If that is the case then maybe they will push Nokia in the same manner to get the 920 out on the three networks like the 8X. I can only hope...
    09-20-2012 10:50 AM
  21. psiu_glen's Avatar
    I wonder if MS pushed HTC to make their flagship phone available on the three networks to get more market presence. If that is the case then maybe they will push Nokia in the same manner to get the 920 out on the three networks like the 8X. I can only hope...
    I am on Verizon...will be paying retail someday to replace my Trophy...it likely won't be the 8X. If the camera on the 920 is as good as promised, I will be waiting for VZW to get it.
    09-20-2012 11:11 AM
  22. Vallos's Avatar
    I am on Verizon...will be paying retail someday to replace my Trophy...it likely won't be the 8X. If the camera on the 920 is as good as promised, I will be waiting for VZW to get it.
    That is basically what I'm going to do, as the camera/pureview on the 920 is the ultimate benchmark for my next phone. The number one compliant I have with my Trophy is the camera. I've passed on so many good photo opportunities because of it. If the 920 is as advertised (which all signs point to it being so), then I am all over it.
    09-20-2012 11:52 AM
  23. Big Supes's Avatar
    What leverage does Nokia have to get 'aggressive' with carriers? None as far as I can see.
    I did wonder this myself. Maybe they could start sending the heavies round to make/break their deals. :D

    I think the consumers need to get aggressive with their carriers. I've pretty much decided I'm ditching O2. They're so far up Apple's behind at the moment, that it's actually effecting the customer service. I phoned them yesterday and got a long pre-recorded message about how to go about upgrading to an iPhone 5. I hung up and went online to see if I could get help (I required a new micro sim). Can you believe that when I was answering questions related to my enquiry, two out of the three options were "I want to upgrade to the iPhone 5" and "I am interested in the iPhone 5. The last option was "None of the above". I was like - WTF is this sh*t?

    In the meantime, they don't even stock the Lumia 710 or 900. I won't count on them for Wp8.
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    09-20-2012 12:11 PM
  24. jfa1's Avatar
    HTC 8X: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, but not US Cellular.
    Lumia 920: AT&T exclusive.
    Ativ S: Deafening silence on availability.

    Here's a threat. If nobody brings a flagship device to [edit]US Cellular[/edit], I may switch to the Galaxy S3. I don't want to, but I do want nice hardware. US Cellular came out with a very enthusiastic press release about WP8 about how excited they were for the OS and how they were going to market it and promote the **** out of it...and so far, the WP8 OEMs have utterly ignored them. Samsung gave them the Galaxy S3.

    If the WP8 OEMs don't branch out beyond the Big Three (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile) with WP8 devices...I'm sure I won't be the only one looking elsewhere.
    The device maker makes deals with whatever carrier they want to with the carriers contributing theiwalets. If the price is what the oem is willing to accept then a deal is done. The ball is in the carriers wallets and who they they are able to persuade with that wallet to give them what they want or are willing to accept. If not they may get someother device from that or a different oem. Money talks and b s walks aay.
    09-20-2012 12:57 PM
  25. brmiller1976's Avatar
    I know people at AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

    AT&T wants Lumia 920s. T-Mobile would LOVE to have the 920, but cannot afford to outbid an AT&T "exclusive." And Sprint doesn't care about anything other than iOS and Android.

    Ultimately, there's no reason Nokia couldn't get the 920 on every carrier. They have more financial resources and greater buzz than Palm did when Palm brought the Pre series to Sprint, Verizon and AT&T.
    09-20-2012 10:37 PM
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